Cici’s Pizza Gets a Recipe Makeover

by Erin L. on October 29, 2014

I’m going to be honest here. I’ve been to CiC’s a few times. It’s pizza, cheap pizza at that, so with kids it always seems enticing. But the pizza has always been sort of meh. So we don’t go.

Then I was invited to an event at a local CiCi’s to try out some of their improvements.

Y’all, they spared no expense and totally went the extra mile to get back to the flavor that customers love.

Their improved sauce has a fresh tomato flavor, made with crushed tomatoes and a Mediterranean oregano seasoning. They doubled the amount of cheese on each pizza (which is REALLY important in my opinion) and they now brush their made from scratch crust with a garlic butter sauce. YUM!

I got to make my own pizza and it was SOOOO good.

Cici's Pizza #betterbelieveitOther changes include spots on the buffet for guest favorites Classic Pepperoni, Sausage and Veggie. They brought back the Garlic Cheesy bread and also offer Flatbread pizzas. They have double the choices on their salad bar.

It’s just an all around better experience. And still a great price (under $6 at most locations!)

There are 5 Triangle area locations – Knightdale, Raleigh, Apex, Wake Forest and Durham.




Moms can be scared of the dark too

by Erin L. on October 28, 2014

Last night I heard a big bump upstairs in Mr. A’s room. It was about 11:30 and I sat straight up. Something was off. My mom alarm was going off incessantly.

I couldn’t figure out what was happening. It was eerily quiet.

I laid back down, thinking I must have been dreaming, but then I heard it again.

I got out of bed and realized I couldn’t see a thing. That’s what was off; the power was out. I heard a beep in the hallway. “Oh great, please Lord don’t let the smoke alarm go off.”

“A?” I cried up the stairs.  I heard shuffling and a knocking sound. I thought maybe he was knocking on his grandfather’s bedroom door since he was scared.

I stumbled into his room. I’m not kidding when I say it was pitch black. I could barely see the shadow of my hand in front of my face. There was no moonlight, no street lights.

I found A in his closet. He couldn’t find the door to his bedroom and had wandered in there and couldn’t get out. Poor kid. He was a bit panicked so I started repeating “it’s okay, it’s okay” as I directed him toward his bed.

We both crawled in and I snuggled up against him.

“Why is it so dark? Why is there no noise? No light?”

We laid there together, in the dark for at least 15-20 minutes – both awake, but not talking. I was freaked out. Every noise in the house made my skin crawl. Miss E started to cry out and I jumped up to run to her room. A yelled out “MOM!” and I had to assure him I’d be right back. Luckily E was just talking in her sleep, otherwise I was planning a big slumber party on the floor.

I went back into A’s room and he curled up against me. I rubbed his back and smelled his hair. I was supposed to be comforting him, but he was comforting me too.

I don’t mind the dark when there’s noise — the fan in my room, a noise machine, the lull of the air conditioner. But this complete silence? Creeped me out. My imagination was getting the best of me.

I awoke a few hours later to a flashing clock in my face and breathed a sigh of relief. The power was back. I made my way back downstairs and crawled in bed. There was noise; there was light. We were safe.

I may be 36, but there’s a small part of me that’s still a kid, wanting a night light and a snuggle to make me feel better.  Good thing my kids aren’t opposed to me getting into bed with them.



What makes a marriage work?

October 23, 2014
Lane wedding

Haven’t you ever wondered the answer to that question? I remember when I was engaged I would often ponder little tricks and tips that would hopefully make my soon-to-be nuptials last a lifetime. I knew it was right for me; I knew I would put in the work, but I still wanted to find some “must do’s” that I could implement guaranteeing me that wonderful life. That’s funny right? Marriages aren’t a one size fits all. What works for one marriage might not work for another. But, here we are…ten years [...]

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Getting my boot on {women/girl fashion boots from Rack Room}

October 20, 2014
My Rack Room Shoes

If you look in my closet right now, you’ll probably find at least seven different pair of boots. I have several knee high boots, which are quintessential fall to me, plus a pair of UGGS. My daughter has several pairs as well, including her first pair of cowboy boots that we scored a few weeks ago. Y’all, I can’t even; they are ridiculously cute. I’ve been dying to get a pair of booties with a heel. They aren’t remotely practical at ALL, but a girl needs at least one totally [...]

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Celebrate Mini Milestones with Netflix and a DIY Memory Box

October 15, 2014
Disney 2013

I know there’s all sorts of articles and posts out there telling us all the reasons that TV is bad for our kids. But you know what? Sometimes a show or movie is the only way I can get my kids to understand something. Sometimes they need to visualize it instead of hearing me talk on and on about it. Sometimes a movie will explain what’s about to happen a lot better than I can. Think about the milestones that happen in our lives. There are the big ones like [...]

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How long do spices keep?

October 14, 2014
Spice Rack - replace every three years

It’s a GREAT question right? For us non-chefs out there, life in the kitchen can be tricky to navigate. For example I’ve never worried about Garlic Salt, Sea Salt or Cinnamon as those are two spices that we run through and buy more of fairly regularly. But the others? Rosemary? Basil? How long can you keep them? We’ve had our spice rack for ten years. TEN YEARS people! Here’s a tip; spices do NOT keep that long. Our spice rack was a wedding gift, and next week me and the [...]

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